Posts Tagged: portrait

Euro Money – 50 years of the ADB

Euromoney magazine
Here's an illustration for business magazine Euromoney. It was briefed as a celebration that no one turned up to, showing a depressed Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank. I went with a pared down colour scheme highlighting the key features. The story was originally planned as a cover, which is why I've left spaces for the masthead and secondary headlines, but at the last minute the Euromoney went with a different cover story, which was a bit disappointing, but that's the way with current affairs ediorials, there's always next issue!

Here are some shots

Euromoney magazine

Euromoney magazine

Euromoney magazine

Hello! Irit album artwork

Irit – Hello
At the end of last month I was approached by Closer Artists to help out with some urgent artwork they needed for Irit – an amazing singer who was releasing a new album and embarking on a tour.

Originally from Haifa, Irit grew up on a diet of jazz, classical, radio pop and the amazing rhythms of Ladino and in 2013 she released an album of jazz standards reinterpreted, winning critical acclaim and allowing her to tour Europe for the first time.

Whilst in London she met Jonathan Quarmby, fresh from producing the Mercury winning Benjamin Clementine album, and the two set to work crafting an album of 12 rhythmic, bright, colourful pop-influenced songs. I would call it up-tempo summer-time jazz with a latin underscore – and fits very well with Caro Emerald who she supporting on her current tour.

The album ‘Hello’ is driven by accordion, Latin guitar, trumpets and Irit’s effortless vocals. It’s an album that will sit comfortably between Astrid Gilberto, Beuna Vista Social Club and Christine and The Queens, be prepared to to be won over and say “hello” to Irit! She will also be in Brighton on the 14th April when Caro Emerald plays at the Brighton Centre.

Politico Sellal cover

POLITICO Sellal Cover
Here's my illustrated portrait for the cover of POLITICO. It depicts Pierre Sellal, France's veteran ambassador to the European Union. The piece is a dedicated appraisal of Sellal – a top diplomat that France has relied on to keep everything operating smoothly within the EU. He is the man in the know and has for many years been the go to guy for french politicians who needed help with a European issue. He is however approaching retirement and the question is when he does stand down, what kind of ambassador will France put in his place? It would be hard to replace a like for like diplomat, or would a more modern representative than Sellal be better for a European Union that finds itself trying it's best to hold together, whilst so many would tear it apart.

I suggested that we depict Sellal in a very strong light wrapped in the Tricolor and what better way to show reverence to the great protector of France than in a statuesque pose set within a stained glass window? Inspired by many visits to Carcassonne in the past I felt that would be a great way to pay homage to the career of a man dedicated to his protection of France.

The use of stained glass also gave me the opportunity to seamlessly put in the french references that tie it all together.

POLITICO sellal rooster

POLITICO Sellal face close up

POLITICO sellal all-seeing eyes

POLITICO sellal lion head

POLITICO sellal oak branch

Autumn’s Song

Autumn's Song print
Leaves turn and start to fall, the light gets warm and low, as cold winds start to blow, nature prepares for the finalé of another year, Autumn is here.

This is the first in my folklore series of prints, inspired by spirits, superstitions and myths – stories of wisps in the forest and the queen of the bees. This one tells the tale of Autumn's Song, changing the season and moving the year to it's end, with a chill in the air the wild world prepares to face the harsh winter that approaches.

It was really nice to hear BBC 6Music's Mary Anne Hobbs mention it on her show one weekend – she called it a gorgeous, absolutely exquisite illustration! Thanks Mary Anne.

This will be available as a limited run giclée print when I finish setting up my web store. Check back soon or follow me on twitter/instagram to be updated as to when it's available. In the mean time here are some detail shots...

Autumn's Song close up

Autumn's Song wren detail

Autumn's Song stag detail

Rogue One – A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Star Wars Rogue One poster
I love Star Wars!!! I really do, so I'm always thinking about what I could do for a Star Wars image, but I never get around to actually developing any of my ideas into final pieces. But after seeing the trailer for the latest outing – Rogue One, I was really captured by the parting shot, it was so iconic I just had to do my own interpretation of it.

So here's my Rogue One TIE pilot Erso stained glass window. Jyn Erso,is she a rebel defector a la Finn or is the TIE pilot uniform part of a rebel ruse to infiltrate Vader's Death Star?

The stained glass styled border is a nod to my love of art nouveau. It is made up of loads of symbolism from this era of the Star Wars story – storm troopers, droids, Darth Vader himself, as well as my favourite ships and lots of other Imperial and rebel icons.

It was so much fun to do this and I'm really happy with the final result. I think I might have to do some more of my favourite characters and break out some of my old ideas when I get a moment!

Rogue One top

Rogue one detail

Rogue one detail

Rogue one detail

Politico editorial cover

POLITICO cover editorial
Here's my illustration for the cover of POLITICO. The article was and editorial questioning the way Hungarian politicians in Brussels are viewed by their compatriots in the European Commission, and the effect of their outspoken Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's hardline views on the EU's open border policies.

I wanted to put across the feeling of discord and isolation as not everything in the Union is in unison. There is an unease amongst the representatives in the European Parliament. Is it getting harder to ignore the different ways in which each country wants the Union to work and whether certain countries are being ostracised for what the politicians back home are saying and doing?

It will be interesting to see how the article is received in Budapest and Brussels and if this editorial has a prophetic narrative for the future of the European Union.

POLITICO full

POLITICO Viktor Orban detail

New Illustrated Nature Mailer

illustration mailer
My new mailers have arrived! A big thanks to Steve over at inky solutions for sorting out the printing of these, a really great job. I did a couple of new illustrations for this and tweaked some old ones – Endangered Invertebrates on one side and some animals I love(jellyfish, hammerhead sharks, King of Saxony bird of Paradise and a Golden Frog) on the back along with my all time hero - Sir David Attenborough.

Here are some close ups:

bird of paradise close up
jellyfish close up
mailers
bird of paradise
jellyfish

Sir David Attenborough

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough portrait close up

A couple of weeks ago I managed to meet one of my all time heros – Sir David Attenborough. I saw went to see him speak at the Environment Trust's annual talk and it was an amazing treat to see and hear him in real life.

It just so happened that it had been his birthday a couple of days before and as I had recently been working on a new illustration for a future mailout which featured him I decided to get a couple of giclée prints made up as a present (printed by the extremely helpful and skillful David at DOTtoDOT printing.)

He was really nice and appreciative of the gift (he even managed to hide any outward sign of being freaked out at receiving a portrait of himself by from an enthusiastic fan!) Being a little star-struck I forgot to ask him to sign my copy, but luckily I managed to get in the queue and have a slightly calmer chat about my illustration and get a special addition on my print!

What a legend!

Here are some close ups and pics:

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough portrait

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough portrait close up

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough portrait detail

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough again

Wedding invitation

wedding invitation

Okay so I don't normally put personal jobs up here, but I love VW's and I love that these guys gave me pretty much free reign on how this was going to look.

Not sure what else I need to say, VW camper, Camden inspired(ceremony, reception and home) portraits of the bride, groom and little one – cool.

wedding invitation detail
wedding invitation close up

London Grammar – Strong

London Grammar – Strong

Following up from my LeBron James promo piece, here's my next installment, a London Grammar image for the amazingly haunting single Strong by the British trip hop three piece. See the video (while it's still up there) on their website here. I've tried to reflect the feel of the video with the style and colours and the composition hopefully pulls you in like the story itself. Hope you like it ...

London Grammar close up
London Grammar extreme close up